ESO 4. Biology and Geology

3. The Evolution of Living Matter

Naked evolutionIt's 150 years since Darwin's theory of Evolution was presented to the Linnean Society, and so we've Naturally Selected the Science of Evolution! We find out why scientists have revisited a textbook example of natural selection in action, find out why horny sheep are gambling on good weather and how bacteria in the lab can evolve into a new species! We find out why tragedy almost kept Darwin's ideas from ever being seen, by looking at the archives of his own letters. Plus, why crocodiles chat from inside their eggs, a new way to send messages underwater and why Martian soil would be good for growing cabbages! And in kitchen science we find out which surface is best for keeping ice cool.Streamed from the Naked Scientists podcast

Charles Darwin in AustraliaProfessor Frank Nicholas has written a book called Charles Darwin in Australia, in which he writes about Darwin's experiences while in this country during the Beagle's expedition.Streamed from the Ockham's Razor podcast

Lamarck's evolutionBefore Darwin, Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck devised the first theory of evolution in 1809. However, it was discredited by most in the scientific community once Darwin published his theory of evolution by natural selection, 50 years later. Ross Honeywill tells us this fascinating story.Streamed from the Ockham's Razor podcast

4. Natural History of the Earth

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